A number of Performing Arts groups offer students opportunities to spread their theatrical and musical wings and soar throughout their academic pursuits at Ohio Valley University. An excellent education involves the whole student, and for those with artistic flair, Performing Arts round out the university experience.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances…
--William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Ohio Valley University’s student theater program brings all the world onto one stage for those who, like Shakespeare’s Jaques, recognize the theatric in every moment. Performing such diverse productions as Little Shop of Horrors and The Diary of Anne Frank, OVU’s Student Theater offers students the opportunity to develop range and depth as they bring life to the stage.
For students inclined to direct, create stage art, and support productions with lighting and sound, the Ohio Valley University Student Theater has a vital role for you!
In keeping with our Church of Christ heritage, Ohio Valley University enjoys a long tradition with its A Cappella Singers. As OVU’s oldest performing ensemble, A Cappella Singers, an auditioned chorus, performs a wide range of music for unaccompanied voices. From hymns to spirituals to modern music, OVU’s A Cappella Singers perform to critical acclaim.
OVU's Jazz Ensemble is a traditional "big band" that plays jazz standards in a variety of styles including swing, bebop, cool jazz, fusion and funk. The groups plays several concerts a year, including performances in OVU's EXPRESSIONS!, the annual Jazz Coffeehouse and various engagements throughout the community.
Ambassadors & Express are Ohio Valley University’s two traveling ensembles. Both tour extensively during the summer and throughout the academic year performing at Christian camps, youth rallies, church events, and schools.
Ambassadors, comprised of several students with a flair for the stage, perform short skits with Christian themes and improvisational theater, spreading God’s word with their unique dramatic and comedic style.
Express, OVU’s contemporary Christian ensemble, amazes audiences with their unique musical arrangements. They blast listeners with their funky fresh beats and tight vocal harmonies and entertain crowds with their versatile style and worship repertoire.